As we travel around the South, we meet some amazing people taking action in their daily lives and in their hometowns in order to call for full LGBT equality.
Cameron’s letters to the Supreme Court
Cameron, a 6th grader in North Carolina, is one of those courageous individuals. She recently decided to write a letter to each Supreme Court Justice about why equality matters to her and her family. As you may know, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the ”Prop 8″ and “DOMA” cases on March 26th and 27th. These two landmark cases ask the court to recognize the full equality of LGBT people and families in all 50 states and to strike down discriminatory laws.
Here’s the letter Cameron sent to each Justice.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court of the United States One First Street N.E. Washington, DC 20543
My name is Cameron. I am eleven years old and I am currently in the 6th grade [in North Carolina]. I am the daughter of Susan and Sheila. I watched President Obama’s inauguration speech today and my parents pointed you out to me. They informed me that although President Obama is leading the fight for my parents to be treated equally, you and the other justices will be making very important decisions in the next few months. I know you are busy, but I hope you have time to read this letter.
My parents have been together for 26 years. They took me to New York on their 25th anniversary so that they could be legally married. I was so happy for them. They are the best parents a kid could ask for and I love them so much. I would like to see their marriage recognized here in our home state. . . . → Read More: Cameron’s Story: Dear Justice Sotomayor
Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed reports that the push is on for a executive order from President Obama requiring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
Led by the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Work and the American Civil Liberties Union, more than 50 organizations — from the AFL-CIO to the NAACP — sent a letter to Obama today asking him “to take an immediate step toward legal equality by signing [such] an executive order.”
In the letter, the organizations write, “Over the past 70 years, both Republican and Democratic presidents have used executive orders to ensure that taxpayer money is not wasted on workplace discrimination or harassment based on characteristics such as race, gender, and religion. These contractor policies exist to this day, and they cover almost one in four jobs throughout the United States. It is now time for an executive order ensuring the same workplace protections for LGBT Americans.”
37 Senators have signed on to a letter asking President Obama to issue the executive order.
This executive order would result in LGBT employees across the South gaining workplace protections. The Campaign for Southern Equality asks you to sign the petition.
November is Transgender Awareness Month and November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we honor and remember our trans brothers and sisters who have been victims of anti-trans violence. Here in Asheville, the wonderful folks at Just Us For All are hosting two events to honor this day. We hope you will be there:
Film Screening and Discussion: Boys Don’t Cry 11/19, 7 – 9 PM | 11 Grove Street, Asheville Facebook listing: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160190630744314 (We hope you’ll join us at CSE’s Family Dinner from 5 – 6 to grab some home-cooked food before you head to the screening.)
Transgender Day of Remembrance March 11/20, 5 – 8 PM | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (Civic Center) to Vance Monument Facebook listing: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=289080937786385
Urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to support the Respect for Marriage Act (S.598), introduced by Sen. Feinstein. This Act would would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and provide equal federal marriage rights to legally committed same-sex couples. The Human Rights Campaign makes action easy at this link.
The Asheville Citizen Times covers phone banks and other efforts in Asheville to beat the anti-gay amendment.
If you’d like to be part of these efforts, come to a phone bank, held every Wednesday (from 5- 8:30 PM at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak Street, downtown Asheville) and every Sunday (from 4 – 7:30 at various locations). Email Lee@equalitync.org for details and/or check out: www.equalitync.org. These local efforts are part of Equality NC’s muscular statewide campaign to oppose this amendment.